Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue
Drag me through muddy waters
to cleanse me of his toxins, more
sacred now than ever.
But as this tadpole squirms while
the rice collects bad spirits in a jar,
just remember that we still have
blood—blood that could’ve breathed
air had its infant gills not failed to open in
Misti Vaughn is the Assistant Director of the nonprofit organization, The American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. Her poems have recently been published in the Bravura Literary Journal, and she is the two-time recipient of the Angelo Carli Poetry Prize.